Washington, DC (January 29, 2007) -- FOCUS Enterprises, Inc., a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, and corporate finance services, announced that Richard. Thomas has joined the firm as a Partner. He will be based in the firm's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining FOCUS, Mr. Thomas served as the Vice President at VSI, a boutique investment banking firm in Washington, DC. He led M&A activities for publicly and privately held companies in the middle market, several of which have annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. His clients were involved in a wide array of transactions from acquisitions and divestitures to minority interests and strategic partnerships. He has led projects with such notable organizations as MCI WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, EDS and The United States Agency for International Development.
Mr. Thomas has lectured to hundreds of executives on M&A best practices and has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Thomas has fifteen years of general experience in businesses ranging from aerospace, software and manufacturing to financial, marine and food services. Rick has also served as a U.S. representative to South African companies in the capacity of advisor and consultant on business linkages, partnering and financing for small and medium businesses.
Mr. Thomas holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from The George Washington University. He received a BS in Engineering from Michigan State University. After completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Thomas spent several years working as a manufacturing engineer and supervisor for General Motors. In addition to being recognized as an outstanding team leader and team builder, Rick implemented a number of process improvements which enhanced product quality and efficiency at numerous GM production facilities.